- Associated Press - Sunday, June 23, 2019

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a group of Boy Scouts and a tractor-trailer driver escaped serious injury in a fiery crash along Florida’s Turnpike.

A Florida Highway Patrol report says seven Boy Scouts and four adults were returning from a camping trip Saturday when their vehicle collided with the tractor-trailer carrying produce near Okeechobee. The Boy Scout group and the truck driver managed to get out before the tractor-trailer burst into flames.

Authorities say one child and one adult suffered slight injuries. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. The Turnpike’s southbound lanes were closed for hours.

The FHP report released Sunday says the tractor-trailer struck the Boy Scout vehicle from behind.

The Boy Scouts of America released a statement thanking first responders and expressing relief no one was seriously injured.



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